The development of contemporary somatic approaches to dance as an expressive medium, emphasizing advanced technical skills, efficient athleticism, kinesthetic refinement, individual creative voice, and performance elements. Choreography and aesthetic concepts will be explored. Incorporates various principles of human movement research. Students will study the practice of improvisational dancing with a partner.
Students will develop skills in giving and supporting body weight, lifting, balancing, falling, rolling, and recovering fluidly together. Designed to provide training in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form.
Builds an intermediate technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance. Further development in the technique of jazz dance, while placing the art form in its historical context as an American vernacular form. Builds an advanced technical jazz level with a focus on style, musicality, dynamics, and performance.
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Prerequisites: six units of TDMV or consent of instructor. An introduction to the basic technique of hip-hop, studied to enhance an understanding of the historical cultural content of the American form hip-hop and street dances in current choreography.
Courses designed for the in-depth study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form: Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. Specific topic will vary from quarter to quarter. Courses designed for the advanced continuing study of the dances and historical context of a particular culture or ethnic form: Afro-Cuban, Spanish, Balinese, Japanese, Latin, etc. To develop an appreciation and understanding of the various Latin dances.
Emphasis on learning basic social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures, and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression. An introductory course that explores the history of West African cultures and diasporas through student research, oral presentation, dance movement, and performance.
Contemporary African dances influenced by drum masters and performing artists from around the world are also covered. Course materials and services fees may apply. To develop an appreciation and understanding of the dances from various Asian cultures. Emphasis on learning the basic forms and movement vocabularies, their historical context, and the use of each dance as a means of cultural and artistic expression.
Emphasis on learning intermediate social dance movement vocabulary, history of Latin cultures, and use of each dance as a means of social and economic expression. Prerequisites: TDMV More complex rhythms and sequencing will be introduced, and musicality will be honed through an added emphasis on freestyle expression. Develops hip-hop skills at the advanced level with further studies of the social, political, and economic forces at work within hip-hop culture. Emphasis is on complex rhythms and sequencing, freestyle expression, choreography, and performance. Prerequisites: TDMV or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor. The in-depth study of a major dance production in a fall dance cabaret led by faculty.
Prerequisites: audition; department stamp; concurrent enrollment in TDMV , , , , , , or The in-depth study for a fully staged dance production in various venues, including a fall dance cabaret led by faculty, a winter faculty concert with guest choreographers, and a spring student choreographed concert directed by faculty.
The study and aesthetic examination of major choreographic works by dance faculty or distinguished guest artists. Students will experience the creative process, staging, production, and performance of a complete dance work in conjunction with a conceptual study of its form and content.
Audition is required. Prerequisites: department stamp required. A production-oriented course that introduces the student to technical fundamentals of costumes, scenery, lighting, and sound for the theatre.
Students will be assigned to participate on a crew for a fully mounted theatrical production supported by the department. Prerequisites: must have department stamp. A production performance-oriented course that continues the development of costume, lighting, scenery, or sound production and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as crew heads on major departmental productions or creative projects.
A production performance-oriented course that continues the development of stage management skills and introduces greater responsibilities in the laboratory format. Students serve as either assistant stage managers on main stage productions or stage managers on studio projects. Beginning workshop in the fundamentals of playwriting. Students discuss material from a workbook that elucidates the basic principles of playwriting, do exercises designed to help them put those principles into creative practice, and are guided through the various stages of the playwriting process that culminate with in-class readings of the short plays they have completed.
A workshop where students present their plays at various stages of development for group analysis and discussion. Students write a thirty-minute play that culminates in a reading. Also includes writing exercises designed to stimulate imagination and develop writing techniques. Advanced workshop where students study the full-length play structure and begin work on a long play. Students present their work at various stages of development for group discussion and analysis. Basic principles of screenwriting using scenario composition, plot points, character study, story conflict, with emphasis on visual action and strong dramatic movement.
A maximum of eight units of major project study, regardless of area design, directing, stage management, playwriting may be used to fulfill major requirements. An overview of dance, examining its social and cultural history and its evolution as an art form.
Focus is on dance and its many genres as an expressive medium and form of communication. An overview and analysis of movement theory systems that offer approaches that improve movement quality, prevent injuries, aid in habilitation, develop mental focus and kinesthetic control, establish a positive body language, and develop vocabulary for creative research. Prerequisites: TDTR The study of dance on film and video, the evolution of the creation, filming, editing, and production of dance for the camera. Major dance film works will be analyzed and discussed from choreography in the movies to dances made for film.
The study of the theoretical aspects of dance education, including an analysis of movement concepts for all ages. Development of basic technique training in all forms, curriculum planning, social awareness, and problem solving. Fundamental elements of cognitive and kinetic learning skills. A daily program of physical, vocal, and speech exercises designed to prepare the student to move in a focused way into specific class areas with minimum amount of warm-up time.
The exercises work on development of flexibility, strength, and coordination throughout the body. Strong emphasis is placed on physical and mental centering within a structured and disciplined approach to preparation. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program. A study of the dramatic elements of stage violence, and practical work in developing the physical skills necessary to fully realize violent moments on the stage.
At the core of the study is the process from text to convincing theatrical action. Physical work revolves around basic principles of energy, focus, and center inherent in unarmed and weapons combat. Topics to be covered will include 1 concept of poetic language; lexical and syntactic analysis of dialogue; 2 the semantic context of dialogue; 3 thematic structure, from motive to themes; 4 the concept of dramatic character or hero; 5 dramatic narrative; 6 the material of drama; the relationship of myth and ritual to drama; 7 analysis versus interpretation; 8 practical applications.
An investigation of contemporary theories of theatre with an emphasis on structural and poststructural perspectives on text and textuality. The seminar will focus on adapting contemporary techniques of close reading to the interpretive and creative process in the theatre. The culmination of the TDGR sequence, in which students in all disciplines create and perform publicly presented original theatre pieces.
Faculty directed production, from the rehearsal process through public performance. All participants will enroll in the same section, the number of units depending upon degree of involvement. The collaborative process from the rehearsal process through public performance. All participants will enroll in the same section, the same number of units.
This course serves as a laboratory for experimentation in the choreographic strategies and structures of contemporary dance making. May be taken for credit eight times. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA theatre program or consent of instructor.
The actors focus on the nature of the acting process, using various exercises to stimulate imagination and to inspire instinctual choices. Later work includes improvisational and imaginative experiences to explore character and text. The class culminates in intensive scene work chosen for the particular actor to meld the improvisational approach with scripted material. The class is a combination of both actors and directors so that a common language is developed. Prerequisites: admission to the MFA program or consent of instructor.
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